Pittsburgh Technical Council

About Us

About Us

President's Message

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Greetings From Our President & CEO, Audrey Russo

Talent. Business Development. Government Relations. Visibility. It is the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s mission to empower our members through these four core service areas. Over the last year, we have streamlined our capabilities based on member feedback to provide the most value by connecting them with direct business building opportunities and the essential resources that they need for business growth. With this model, we are not only providing the most value to our technology members, but we are simultaneously moving our region forward through a sustainable, cluster-based approach to technology-based economic development. Read the entire message here.

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Staff Directory

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Audrey Russo

Audrey Russo

President & Chief Executive Officer

412.918.4240

“The Head Honcho – super connector, radio host – oh yeah, she runs the joint.”

Sandra Rose

Sandra Rose

Office Manager/Executive Assistant to Audrey Russo

412.918.4299

“Organizational guru that runs a tight ship!”

Al Gusky

Al Gusky

Director of Administration & Finance

412.918.4211

“Head of counting the beans. Makes a mean 3-bean salad, too.”

Melissa Becker

Melissa Becker

Data Administrator

412.918.4225

“The PTC's data queen!”

Lisa Lawrence

Lisa Lawrence

Staff Accountant

412.918.4270

“Handles all of the credits and debits!”

Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy

Senior Vice President, Operations & Strategic Programs

412.918.4297

“The man you want to talk to about government relations.”

Ryan Gent

Ryan Gent

Business Development Manager

412.918.4242

“Ryan can help you join the PTC and keep you engaged once you're on board.”

Dan Finnell

Dan Finnell

Business Development Manager

412.687.4249

“Dan is the man when it comes to getting your company plugged into the PTC network.”

Carol Zimmerman

Carol Zimmerman

Director, Member Engagement

412.918.4236

“Carol wants to ensure your happiness and satisfaction with membership.”

Rennick Remley

Rennick Remley

Membership Engagement Coordinator

412.918.4243

“Rennick helps members get the most out of their membership.”

Monica Takacs

Monica Takacs

Senior Director for Major Programs

412.918.4256

“Monica is your primary contact for major programs and leader of the PTC events team.”

Lindsey Bradley

Lindsey Bradley

Event Services Manager

412.918.4266

“Think of Lindsey when registering for your next event!”

Ashley Rodrigo

Ashley Rodrigo

Sales & Programs Associate

412.918.4202

“Ashley helps the PTC execute its awesome programs and events.”

Justin Driscoll

Justin Driscoll

Senior Director, People & Culture Initiatives

412.918.4281

“Mr. Talent! Justin helps members build their workforce.”

Jennifer Young

Jennifer Young

Senior Director, Industry Networks

412.918.4224

“Jen is in charge of running all industry-centric member programming and engagement.”

Kim Chestney

Kim Chestney

Senior Director, Creative Industries Acceleration

412.918.4223

“Smack dab in the intersection of art and technology.”

Jonathan Kersting

Jonathan Kersting

Vice President, Communications & Media

412.918.4295

“Jack of all trades, master of one – giving your company visibility and he's got a face for radio!”

Carolyn Candebat

Carolyn Candebat

Senior Director, Business Development & Advertising

412.918.4244

“Talk to Carolyn if you're interested in sponsoring any PTC events or advertising in any PTC publication.”

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Our Board

Direction From Our Leaders.

Our board of directors, a veritable who’s who of the Pittsburgh region, provides strategic organizational leadership to the Council and works hard to establish the PTC as the leading trade association in southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Executive Committee

James Cashman
Ansys

Lynette Horrell
Ernst & Young

David Klasnick
PNC Financial Services

Pete DeComo
ALung Technologies

Marlee Myers
Morgan Lewis

Audrey Russo
Pittsburgh Technology Council

Always with our members in mind, our board provides sound advice and guidance towards building a strong voice of the region’s tech sector. Meet our leaders!

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Pittsburgh Region at a Glance

Our Region: The Secret’s Getting Out.

In addition to its inherent beauty and high quality of life, our region offers many advantages to living, working and playing in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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One of the nation’s leading centers for technology, health care, advanced materials, life sciences, homeland security and financial services, Pittsburgh ranks as one of the world’s most livable cities with a vibrant cultural district, as well as rivers and green space for an active outdoor lifestyle. The surrounding region is much of the same.

PGH = Technology Clout

On a business note, the region’s technology industries, when taken in aggregate, have continued to increase their total annual payroll, now standing at $20.7 billion, which represents nearly 34 percent of the region’s total wages. When compared with the fact that technology firms employ about 23 percent of the region's overall workforce it is easy to see that the technology sector features a many high-growth, high-paying jobs. The total number of people employed by companies in the region's tech sector is now more than 295,000 people.

(Source: 2014 State of the Industry Report)

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